Reserve Bank Official Interest Rates

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The Reserve Bank of Australia announced today that it will keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.5 per cent. This is the fourth consecutive month the RBA has elected to keep the cash rate on hold, which is good news for home owners and should help to further boost confidence in our property markets.

The high Australian dollar is one of the major contributing factors influencing the RBA's decision to keep the official cash rate on hold. The economy is showing a slow response to the RBA's fiscal policies and the dollar looks set to impact our tourism, export and commodities markets for some time.

Meanwhile, excellent auction clearance rates throughout the spring period indicate that the Australian property markets are starting to heat up in time for summer. We can expect further improvement in 2014 as interest rates will continue to remain low, at least until the RBA reviews the cash rate again during its next meeting on the first Tuesday in February.

Have you reviewed your home loan this year? If you would like a no obligation review of your home loan, A Grade Tax Penrith can organise an appointment in the comfort of your home with our mobile home loan broker.

Centrelink clients must lodge by 30 June 2014

Centrelink lodgment deadline

Clients intending to lodge a lump sum Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS) claim for the 2012-13 financial year must do so by 30 June 2014 due to changes to the claim lodgment period administered by the Department of Human Services.

Also, clients who received or expect to receive Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and/or SIFS for the 2012-13 financial year must lodge their individual income tax returns by 30 June 2014 to receive their benefits.

If any of these clients do not need to lodge an income tax return they must notify Centrelink by 30 June 2014.

Contact A Grade Tax Accountants Penrith for assistance with all your taxation requirements.

ASIC Accredited SMSF Auditor

Maximise your Refund - Minimise your Tax

Max Connelly from A Grade Tax Accountants Penrith has been accredited by ASIC as a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) auditor.

Contact A Grade Tax to arrange a quotation for your SMSF audit requirements.

2012 Tax Return Checklist

Taxation Services Penrith

2012 Personal Tax Return Checklist

It will assist us to maximise your refund if you review the following checklist and bring all relevant information with you to your appointment.

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  • Payment summaries for wages.
  • Centrelink Statement in respect of:
  1. Tax-free Exempt Pension income received. (e.g., Disability Support Pension, Carer payments and Invalidity Service Pension etc.)
  2. Taxable support payments such as Newstart
  • Payment summaries for superannuation pensions, lump sums and employment termination payments.
  • Payment summaries for govt pensions & allowances.
  • Interest received from banks etc.
  • Dividends received or reinvested (bring statements).
  • Partnership and/or Trust income.
  • Managed Funds (investments) Tax Statements.
  • Details of business income and expenses, including GST information where applicable.

Taxable Payments Reporting - Building and Construction Industry

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From 1 July 2012, businesses in the building and construction industry need to report the total payments they make to each contractor for building and construction services each year. You need to report these payments to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on the Taxable Payments Annual Report.
To make it easier to complete the annual report you may need to change the way you currently record your contractor information.


As part of the 2011-12 Federal Budget, the government announced the introduction of taxable payments reporting for businesses in the building and construction industry.

The aim of the system is to improve compliance with tax obligations by those contractors who are currently not doing the right thing.

The information reported about payments made to contractors will be used for the ATO's data matching to detect contractors who have not:

  •     lodged tax returns
  •     included all their income in returns that have been lodged.

Who needs to report?

From 1 July 2012 you need to report if all of the following apply:

  •     you are a business that is primarily in the building and construction industry
  •     you make payments to contractors for building and construction services
  •     you have an Australian business number (ABN).

You are considered to be a business that is primarily in the building and construction industry if any of the following apply:

  •     in the current financial year, 50% or more of your business activity relates to building and construction services

Business Taxation Services

Business Tax Services

Tax Returns

  • Individuals Personal Income Tax
  • Rental Properties
  • Sole Trader Business Returns
  • Partnerships
  • Companies
  • Trusts
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • Small Business Tax Returns Penrith
  • Penrith Accountants

Business Activity Statements ( BAS ) Returns

Tax Planning

With the provision of up to date accounting information for small businesses, we can project likely end of year tax estimates and discuss with you options to reduce your tax bill in the current year.

Taxation Advice

Small business tax advice in the Penrith region.

Including taxation advice on the purchase of new business ventures, appropriate tax structure alternatives, associated registration requirements and small business bookkeeping in the Penrith region.

Management Accounting

Monthly Financial Analysis of actual accounting results to assist small business in Penrith with the ongoing management of the business.


  • Small business bookkeeping in the Penrith region, including MYOB support.

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